Steven Layne

Dr. Steven L. Layne is a respected literacy professor, teacher and consultant, highly motivational keynote speaker, and popular author. With more than 15 years of education experience, he has served as a classroom teacher and reading specialist for grades 2‑8. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Literacy Association. He has won numerous awards for his work, including an award from the Milken Foundation. Steven is the author of more than 28 books, including multiple-award-winning titles in both the picture book and young adult genres. His professional books for educators include the highly acclaimed Igniting a Passion for Reading: Successful Strategies for Building Lifetime Readers and In Defense of Read-Aloud.


Beyond the Book

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Presentation Titles: 

  • Successful Strategies for Building Lifetime Readers (Grades K–12) 
  • In Defense of Read-Aloud (Grades K–12) 
  • Igniting a Passion for Reading (Grades K–12) 
  • Igniting a Passion for Writing (Grades 3–12) 
  • Balcony People (Grades K–12) 
  • Steve’s Top Writing Tips (Grades 3–12) 
  • Improving Writing Instruction (Grades K–12) 
  • Writing from Reading: Response Modes That Motivate (Grades 3–12) 
  • And the Research Says: Teacher Book Chats as a Motivational (Grades K–12) 
  • Climate Change: Creating a Culture of Reading in Schools (Grades K–12) 
  • Where in the World Do Writers Get Their Ideas (Grades K–12) 
  • Stories I Rarely Tell (Grades K–12) 
  • Using Children’s/Young Adult Books to Excite Young Writers (Grades K–12) 
  • I’d Like to Say a Word for the Teachers (Grades K–12) 
  • The Success Story Nobody Else Can Write (Grades K–12)